So...although I cannot tell you directly what areas are best - I can point you in the right direction to find out for yourself! I hope this helps. Wayne
Case in point, I've sold homes to people where I started out showing them in areas I thought were good and then they ended up wanting to buy in areas I personally thought were total crap.
Agents are permitted to supply buyers with information or information sources about crime statistics which most people with half a brain can take one look at and see if the area is safe or not. Besides any buyer would first visit the house and the neighborhood before actually buying the house. It's usually quite obvious if your in a bad neighborhood just by opening your eyes and ears,, taking a look how clean the streets are, take a look if there are a lot of boarded up homes in the area loaded with graffiti. I'm no rocket scientists but if you need a Realtor or anyone else to sit you down and explain to you that these may be bad areas, then you may have some "other" real issues.
One can also call the local police department to ask about crime in the area.
Goat obviously is mad at all Realtors because he blames them for losing out on a home purchase due to his own fault, I read in one of his previous posts something about a bidding war and he thought that all agents just say that to get the price up on you. I think his own conspiracy theory personality may have something to do with it.
Your real estate agent should be able to provide you with this information.
Our area offers a lot of choices between Columbus, Phenix City and surrounding areas. Choose wisely and do choose to have a real estate agent help you find a home.
I suggest you google "crime reports" talk to neighbors and the local police, and scour the neighborhood - look at the people, do they look like people you'd like to live near? Are their homes presentable from the outside, what about their cars? This will give you a great deal of insight. You agent may also be able to give you resources so you can look at factual stats and other people's opinions to educate yourself. But, please remember, it is YOUR decision.